The Crimson & Gray Newswire

COUGARS, PAST AND present, are always in the headlines. And the last few days have been no exception. In fact, we had so many compelling reads to choose from we had to leave out news about Scott Hatteberg's splashy debut with the Cincinnati Reds (he hit a 3-run homer) and Raonall Smith's move from the Vikings to the Rams.

Go 2 Guy: Success has new meaning for Dennis Erickson
He knows the wins will happen, just not right away, not with an opener at Michigan State and road games at WSU and Oregon State before the end of September. "They'll probably throw bottles at me," Erickson joked, referring to Cougs fans. "I hope I can catch a few." Seattle P-I

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Sometimes lost in '05, Cougar safeties eye better ‘06
The WSU football team may not have an All-Pac-10 defender in the secondary, but a few young talents are improving. Daily Evergreen

Unlikely 1968 Apple Cup hero dies
Hank Grenda, one of the most unlikely heroes in Apple Cup history, died Friday after suffering a massive heart attack. The Canadian was the surprise starter at quarterback for Washington State in the 1968 Apple Cup and kicked, ran and passed for all the points in a 24-0 win over Washington in Spokane. Seattle Times

Related story:Apple Cup lore: Grenda reflects on dominating day


Billy Newman, back on field, says he must be crazy
Ask Billy Newman why he is playing arena football and he offers a wide smile and a candid response."I'm still trying to figure out why I'm here," Newman said during a break in Shock practice. "Lots of people have told me I'm crazy, including myself." Spokesman-Review


WSU baseball team dealing with good, bad, ugly
The good: The team is off to its best start since 1994, which was the last time the team was nationally ranked. WSU is off to a 21-9 start and is ranked No. 28. The bad and ugly: Allegations that head coach Donnie Marbut misused funds at his previous job and provided inaccurate information on his resume. Daily Evergreen


Turning the pages on one of sport's most colorful tales
Unless you can dig like a gopher on caffeine, you probably didn't realize that we've been compiling some our favorite columns about the glory of yore in a special section devoted to the colorful history of Cougar football. No digging required today. Here's an easy-to-find link ... CF.C's Cougar Football History

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